Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Bongo Shower Jelly

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products, including six new jellies and after smelling Bongo, I knew I had to take it home with me.

Except from Twilight Shower Jelly, the new exclusive jellies are all named rather musically – there’s Beats, Bongo, Gong, Rumba and Conga. I had a sniff of each, with some sporting familiar scents such as Golden Pear and So White, but the tropical fragrance of Bongo was really calling my name.

Bongo literally smells like a Pina Colada! It doesn’t contain Pineapple in any form but it contains sweet Fresh Mango Juice instead, alongside Coconut Milk. It’s such a tropical and juicy scent and I’ve been really craving something like this for ages, especially for the shower. It’s so energising and happy and I’m obsessed. I can’t stop myself from smelling it almost every time I step into my bathroom! It also contains Vanilla and Oakwood Absolutes too but I personally can’t notice them in the scent.

Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – calcium, potassium, vitamin A, E and C and several B vitamins. In fact, it’s one of the most nutritious foods in the world. When applied to the skin, the enzymes it contains help remove dirt and debris, clarifying and improving the texture of the skin.

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Incase you weren’t sure, Lush’s shower jellies are actually made from a seaweed extract and are completely environmentally friendly. Seaweed is immensely great at softening and nourishing the skin, making all jellies fairly moisturising. Bongo goes that extra mile with its Coconut Milk content, which is greatly soothing and hydrating.

I’m in love with Bongo. It’s potentially my favourite jelly Lush have ever released. I think it also looks really pretty with it’s peculiar appearance that almost makes it look like the mixture has separated. I’d love to see this scent being used elsewhere, it would make a lovely shower gel! I find the scent really stays on your body long after you’ve washed with it too!

This product is a must try! Hopefully it’ll become widely available soon!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Coconut Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Mango Juice, Oakwood Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Coumarin, Colour 15510

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Whoosh Shower Jelly

I feel as though Whoosh has been around forever. I’m not sure when exactly it was first released but it’s been definitely been over ten years. I first came across Whoosh when I was much younger, my mum had been gifted it by somebody and it sat for a long while in our bathroom. That’s until I realised what it was and became obsessed with how it felt, realising how much fun I could have with it! I’m pretty sure I destroyed it before my mum even had a chance to use it…

Shower jellies were inspired by the popular British staple at a kid’s birthday party, the combo of jelly and ice cream! Furthermore, they were actually invented for the company’s own 10th birthday in 2005!

Mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique solid base, therefore making the jellies actually pretty moisturising! It also is the perfect carrier for fruit juices and Whoosh features a triple threat of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, giving it a zesty uplifting fragrance that smells exactly like lemon and lime flavoured squash or sweets!

These citrus juices also make Whoosh very cleansing and toning for the skin. Large amounts of vitamin C in these fruits mean that they’re also very antioxidant, rejuvenating tired and dull skin.

Whoosh also contains a large quantity of Honey Water, amplifying the hydrating properties of the seaweed base and further protecting the skin. Rosemary Oil has also been added to balance and help with any tense muscular aches and pains!

I love using this energising jelly to wake me up on hot summer mornings, I grab it straight from the freezer so it’s extra refreshing! As someone who’s not a massive fan of citrus scents, I actually rather like this one, so would be pleased to see more of it in other formats some day. I always find my skin looks visibly brighter also, which gives me a boost of confidence as a nice added touch!

What are your thoughts on Whoosh? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to check out Whoosh for yourself, over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Bath, Shower, Shower Jellies

Butterbear Shower Jelly

A new product for 2018, this shower jelly is designed to look like the cute Butterbear Bath Bomb, which is Lush’s Christmas version of the popular Butterball.

Upon first smell, you can immediately recognise the familiar scent. Butterballs and Butterbears are known for their Cocoa Butter content which is mixed with uplifting Ylang Ylang and sweet Synthetic Musk to create a really comforting vanilla and chocolatey fragrance.

Because of the Cocoa Butter, Butterbear is perhaps one of the most moisturising and softening shower jellies I’ve ever used. It makes my skin feel undeniably soft and coupled with the Carrageenan Seaweed jelly base, the lather it creates is luxuriously creamy and nourishing.

Although it’s slightly smaller than some other jellies due to the shape, the lower price and it’s benefits more than make up for it. The Butterball family is known to be perfect for small children and those with sensitive skin due to the simple ingredient list and this is no exception.

The scent is also known to be very subtle but I find that it’s perhaps at its strongest in this format and it’s got a relatively good staying power on your skin providing you don’t cover it up with another fragrance.

This is possibly my favourite jelly to date, as much as I wish it would stick around all year, I’m positive that mine will last until next Christmas when hopefully it’ll be back!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Carrageenan Extract, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Ylang Ylang Oil, Synthetic Musk

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Refresher Shower Jelly

Shower Jellies are a unique, versatile and fun alternative to soaps and shower gels. Mineral-rich Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique base.

How to use? Well that’s up to you! You can use the whole piece as one squishy bar of soap and lather it up all over your body, or you can cut it into chunks and use each piece separately. Personally I do the first option with mine!

Refresher is a beautifully zesty citrus scented jelly. With a bright, glimmering yellow colour it’s perfect for energising and brightening your mood. The seaweed base also means that the feel of a jelly gliding over your body is lovely, leaving wonderfully soft skin in it’s wake.

The scent reminds me of sugary lemon tarts, sweet lemon drops or the Refresher sweets which are probably what this shower jelly is named after.

When using, the scent literally engulfs your bathroom as it’s really quite strong. You can smell it everywhere once you’ve used it so it’s great for those who like a long lasting scent on the skin. The jellies lather up extremely well, especially this one, so it’s not hard to get these wobbly soaps going. It’s a very refreshing and uplifting experience, perfect for dreary mornings where all you wanna do is go back to sleep.

Another great thing about the Jellies is that they last an incredible amount of time so they’re great value for the money. After a while, they can end up falling apart but TOP TIP ALERT! If this happens to yours – just stick it in the microwave in it’s pot for around a minute or so and it’ll melt back into it’s original form! Just be careful not to burn yourself with molten jelly though…

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Unfortunately, Refresher Shower Jelly was discontinued a while back so it’s currently unavailable, but hopefully it’ll make a return some day as I believe it was one of the better jellies Lush have done!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Lemon Oil, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, Perfume, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Colour 19140:1)

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Bath, Bath Bombs, Jelly Bombs

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb

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Formally known as ‘Dark Arts’ Jelly Bomb, I’m sure you can guess, Secret Arts Jelly Bomb is inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter, and due to the jet black colour it leaves the water after dissolving, it was definitely the one I was most excited about when the Jelly Bombs were first released last year.

All of Lush’s Jelly Bombs contain an ingredient called Sodium Alginate, which is what creates the jelly-like texture in the water. Sodium Alginate is extracted from mineral rich seaweed and is actually a fine white powder until it expands and thickens in the water. Like most ingredients derived from seaweed, Sodium Alginate is beautifully softening for the skin, which is by far the biggest pro of the Jelly Bombs in my opinion. You literally feel like a newborn baby after stepping out of the bath, a feeling which really does last.

Another pro is definitely the smell, Secret Arts has a lovely unique scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering. A mixture of uplifting Brazilian Orange Oil, stimulating Cinnamon Leaf Oil and sweet Almond Essential Oil, it leaves behind a warming, almost chocolatey/cakey sort of smell.

I always recommend anyone who uses the jelly bombs to add them in whilst the bath water is still running, so by the time you get in yourself, the jelly bomb should have completely dissolved, as she’s a very slow fizzer. You also need to make sure the water is quite hot to really get the jelly going, as it doesn’t fare well in colder waters – the jelly has a tendency to clump together around the ‘fizzer’ parts of the bomb, meaning you’re left with lumps of non-fizzing bath bomb bobbing about which you have to smush with your hands.

Secret Arts starts off with black streams fizzing and oozing out but hidden away inside is a section of pink which looks really pretty against the deep jet black.

The only thing I don’t like about Secret Arts Jelly Bomb, and all Jelly Bombs in actual fact is that you don’t feel totally ‘clean’ after using it. I’m someone who loves the feeling of being clean and refreshed and unfortunately the slime-like jelly does have a tendency to stick in body hair, meaning I had to shower after having a bath to remove it all. Furthermore, especially with the dark colour of this particular Jelly Bomb, it does stain a rim around your bath meaning you will have to give it a good scrub down afterwards. A relaxing bathing experience it wasn’t.

All in all, I think the idea is great as it’s something really different and kids sure do love it. I would definitely recommend trying each Jelly Bomb once but I won’t be using the same one twice anytime soon.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Alginate, Cornflour, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 17200, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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